Jackie Chan, Lynn Stalmaster to receive honorary Academy Awards

Actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will receive Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

The Academy's Board of Governors voted Tuesday to grant the honorary Oscars.

"The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement.  “The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements.

The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom atHollywood & Highland Center.

The academy praised the Hong Kong-born Chan, 62, for his "distinctive international career"  Chan has starred in – and sometimes wrote, directed and produced – more than 30 martial arts features in his native Hong Kong.  Since Rumble in the Bronx in 1996, Chan hit major worldwide success with theRush Hour movies, Shanghai Noon,Shanghai Knights, Around the World in 80 Days, The Karate Kid and the Kung Fu Panda animated films.

The British editor Coates is best known for her work with director David Lean on the classic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, for which she won an Oscar. In her more than 60 years as a film editor, she has worked side by side with many leading directors including Sidney Lumet (Murder on the Orient Express), Richard Attenborough (Chaplin) and Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich).  She also earned four additional Oscar nominations, for Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight.

The 2015 honorees were Debbie ReynoldsSpike Lee and Gena Rowlands.


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